Australia concerned about ‘domestic violence’, not genocide

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 2015, 01:21 GMT]
Australian Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, has urged her colleague, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, to bar recording artist, dancer and actor, Chris Brown, from entering Australia for a performance in December, because of his history of domestic violence, Sky News reported on Thursday. Australia received genocide-accused Sri Lanka’s Navy Commander Thisara Samarasinghe as High Commissioner to serve in the country between July 2011 and February 2015.

Objecting the issue of visa for Chris Brown as a message, the current Australian Minister for Women said, "People need to understand that if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world there are going to be countries that say to you, 'You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia."

Brown was on probation until earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Coming to Thisara Samarasinghe, in 2011, the Australia branch of the International Commission of Jurists submitted a brief of evidence to the Australian federal police, accusing that ships under command of Samarasinghe were firing on civilians who were fleeing fighting in Sri Lanka’s north-east at the end of the war.

The Australian federal police dismissed the accusation and sought to ‘advise’ the ICJ.

The Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne then said that Australia’s decision to accept Samarasinghe’s credentials was flawed. “We have to now have a full and proper review into Australia’s engagement with the completely discredited, anti-democratic, shocking regime that was the Rajapaksa government,” she said.

Thisara Samarasinghe was recalled earlier this year only by a political choice of the changed regime in Colombo.

Earlier this month, Hollywood actress and UN Special Envoy for Refugee Issues at the UNHCR, Angelina Jolie, accused the Islamic State (IS) for using rape as a very effective weapon. But, she presided over a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict along with the then British Foreign Secretary William Hague in June 2014, which was totally silent on Sri Lanka's use of rape as weapon of genocide against the nation of Eezham Tamils.


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